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DeKalb, Illinois, December 1, 1900. 

To his Excellency, John R. Tanner, Governor of the State of Illinois: 

In compliance with the law, we, the Trustees of the Northern 
Illinois State Normal School, present this, our biennial report. 

On June 1, 1895, the act creating the Northern Illinois State Nor- 
mal School became a law. In pursuance of this, act the school was 
located at the city of DeKalb, in the county of DeKalb and State 
of Illinois. 

Plans were adopted and work commenced and continued as actively 
as the appropriation by the State for the completion of the building 
permitted. On September 12, 1899, school was opened to students 
although the building was not entirely completed until the first of No- 
vember of that year. One hundred and thirty-nine students were en- 
Tolled in the normal department at eight o'clock on the opening day. 
This number rapidly increased until the entire number reached two 
hundred and eighteen in the normal department and three hundred 
and twenty-six in the practice department, making the entire enroll- 
ment for the year five hundred and forty-four. 

At the close of the regular session in the summer of 1900, a five 
weeks normal school for teachers was held, the attendance reaching 
one hundred and fifty-six. This summer school was without expense 
to the State, the members of the faculty substantially donating their 
services after discharging their duties in the regular normal work. 

Soon after the opening of the school, through the generosity of 
Mr. Jacob Haisch, a citizen of DeKalb, who gave ten thousand dol- 
lars toward the establishment of a library and an additional two thous- 
and dollars for the necessary fixtures and furnishings, a good work- 
ing library was at the disposal of the students. 

Your Board of Trustees realized that the future success of the 
school would depend almost altogether upon the system of organiza- 
tion adopted. We also realized that the board was composed of pro- 
fessional and business men who had had little or nothing to do with 
the organization and work of such a school. It was an educational 
institution with a specific and technical function, the preparation of 
teachers. We determined to pursue what we believed to be the only 
proper course. We selected as the president a man, who on account 
of his long connection with normal school work was believed to be 

competent to deal with the problem. By resolution of the Board of 
Trustees, full authority was placed in his hands for the selection of 
the faculty and the removal of any who whould be found to be Incom- 
petent. We explicitly indicated to him that we would not attempt 
in any way to interfere with the exercise of his judgment in this 
matter, and that we should hold him strictly responsible for results. 
The entire power of the organization of the school was placed in the 
hands of John W. Cook, whom we had selected as President, he to 
act absolutely free from any influence, political or otherwise, in the 
selection of his faculty. 

• As we hoped and expected, this course met the very warm approval 
of the educational men of the State and won at once their hearty sym- 
pathy and cooperation for the institution. The President selected 
his faculty with but one thought in mind, and that was the especial 
fitness of each person for the position to which he was named. Of 
course, he sought the advice of educational experts, but no question 
of politics or religious affiliation was allowed to influence him in 
any way. In our opinion a particularly strong faculty was selected. 
In one or two instances it was found by the President that mistakes 
had been made; through the authority granted him, however, he was 
enabled to correct these errors very soon by the substitution of more 
highly qualified persons, whom he had been able to find. 

It is a matter of sincere congratulation that your Excellency lent 
yourself most heartily to this plan and sustained your board fully in 
every way. 

The school has now passed its trial year and is well in the work of 
the second year. Perfect harmony exists in the faculty, every member 
of which has lent himself or herself enthusiastically to the promotion 
of the highest interests of the institution. A normal school is to be 
judged by its results and in no other way. The insistent question 
should always be asked, do the pupils of such an institution show 
such superior skill in the teaching of children that the State finds its 
justification for expending its funds in an attempt to afford profes- 
sional preparation to its teachers? Of course, the organization and 
training of a normal faculty is not a small matter. To whatever of 
skill and enthusiasm its members possess at the beginning of their 
employment, there must be added the experience they derive from 
working with each other and the pupils of the normal school, and 
further, with the children of the practice and experimental school. 
It is the purpose of the President of the school to retain only those 
teachers in the normal department who show, not only a high degree 
of skill in the teaching of normal pupils, but an equal degree of skill 
in the teaching of children. In order that the latter may be secured, 
the most intimate relations are maintained between the normal de- 
partment and the practice school, the normal teachers conducting 
frequent recitations with children in order to test their own theories 
of education and to keep themselves fully abreast of the modern 
practice as well as modern educational theories. 

Allusion has already been made to the cordial support accorded to 
this institution by educational people of northern Illinois. The 
leaders in the management of public schools have rallied about the 
institution and are assisting it by every means in their power, both 
as to suggestions respecting the methods of instruction, courses of 
study and all professional details; also in sending the grad- 
uates of their high schools in large numbers to receive its discipline 
in order that they may be employed in the schools as soon as they 
shall have completed its courses. 

Thus we have the school entirely free in every particular from po- 
litical or theological interference and the institution is free to 
determine itself professionally and thus to attain the very highest 
degree of excellence that the President and faculty are capable of 
giving it. Since the Board of Trustees has adopted this policy, it only 
remains to be said that it will be enforced and that the head of the 
institution will always be held strictly responsible for the highest 
possible results. 

At the end of the first year we were enabled to graduate a class of 
sixteen. The unique feature of our curriculum is the arrangement 
for what is technically known in normal school terminology, as 
"practice work." By an arrangement with the city of DeKalb, more 
than a thousand pupils are at our disposal for the training of our 
pupils in the actual work of managing rooms, under conditions which 
are identical with those to be encountered when they begin the work 
of independent teaching. Their work is carefully supervised until 
they have demonstrated their ability to manage and teach an average 
school. The city school buildings, in addition to the practice school 
in our building, are used. We are thus enabled to train a number 
of principals as well as grade teachers. It is believed that we shall 
be able to settle the question as to the teaching ability of every can- 
didate for graduation, and thus protect the public against the possi- 
bility of serious loss by employing persons who have been students 
in normal schools, but who lack those native gifts that are indis- 
pensible to success. 

Owing to the insufficiency of the appropriation of the General 
Assembly, we were unable to fill our corps of teachers and thus could 
not fully organize some of our departments, nor was provision made 
for the equipment of a science laboratory. We trust these difficul- 
ties will be removed by a more liberal appropriation. 

The character of the student body can not be praised too highly. 
A two years' course has been arranged for graduates of the best high 
schools and three and four year courses for those who graduate from 
the smaller high schools. The indications are that at the close of 
this year the graduating class will number about fifty. 

The second year has begun under very favorable conditions. The 
attendance is greater than last year. Through the addition of several 
fine new club houses to that portion of the town adjoining our 
grounds, we are now prepared to take good care of all comers and at 
reasonable rates. 


Our experience so far with the building has demonstrated that it 
has no serious fault in its plan and construction. It is very con- 
venient and amply commodious for such a school for many years to 
come if not for ail time. 

We attach hereto the report of the Secretary of the Beard showing 
receipts and expenditures of the institution during the past two years. 

Very respectfully yours, 

Adams A. Goodrich, 
Isaac L. Ellwood, 
Wm. A. Meese, 
R. S. Farrand, 
Alfred Bayliss, 
W. C. Garrard. 


Of Receipts and Expenditures of the Northern Illinois State Nor- 
mal School for 1899 and 1900. 












































To balance on hand 

To appropi-iation State of Illinois. 

To term fees to January 2, 1900. . . . 

To bills payable, loan 

To appropriation State of Illinois. 

To term fees to June 30, 1900 

To donation from Mr, Haish 

To appropriation State of Illinois. 

To rebate on freight. C. & N. W Ry 
To term fees to January 1, 1901 


voucher No. 62, John H. Lewis. Treasurer 

Miscellaneous items paid as per receipts 

voucher No. 63, A. A. Goodrich— 

Expenses as trustee from Nov. 16, 1898, to May 11, 1899 

voucher No. 64, R. S. Farrand — 

Expenses as trustee from Nov. 16, 1898, to May 11, 1899 

voucher No. 65, W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract 

voucher No. 66. W. C. Garrard— 

Expenses as trustee June 5-22, 1899 

voucher No. 67, W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract 

voucher No. 68. C. E. Brush- 
Payment on account architect's services 

voucher No. 69. John W. Cook, President- 
Account contingent expenses of school ... , 

voucher No, 70, John H. Lewis, Treasurer- 
Miscellaneous expenses paid as per receipts 

voucher No. 71, W. C. Garrard— 

Expenses as trustee June 22-July 28 

voucher No. 72, John W. Cook, President- 
Salary for July, 1899 

voucher No. 73, Gilbert Blackman— 

Services as typewriter July, 1899 

voucher No. 74, W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract 

voucher No. 75, W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract 

voucher No. 76. W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract 

voucher No. 77, John W. Cook, President- 
Salary for August, 1899 

$13,071 71 
25, 150 00 

3,275 00 
13,500 00 
13,539 00 

7.200 00 

35,075 00 

600 00 

8,250 00 

8,250 00 

8,250 00 

344 00 

6.000 00 

8,250 00 

776 00 

1,355 00 

8,250 00 

8,250 00 

47 00 

37 50 

435 50 

$169,905 71 

$713 31 

32 00 

36 56 

10,000 00 

52 50 

30,000 00 

2, 000 00 

300 00 

100 53 

50 00 

416 66 

40 00 

10, 000 00 

5,000 00 

15,000 00 

416 67 

Statement — Continued. 
















By voucher No. 78, Gilbert Blackman— 

Services as typewriter, August, 1899 

$40 00 


By voucher No. 79. John H. Lewis. Treasurer- 
Salaries of employes for September, 1899 

2, 188 32 


By voucher No. 80, B. Walck— 

31 50 


By voucher No. 81. American School Furniture Co— 

1,002 30 
980 00 


By voucher No. 82, A. H. Andrews & Co.— 

School furniture as per contract 


By voucher No. 83. W. C. Garrard— 

Expenses as trustee Aug. 24-Oct. 24, 1899 

86 90 

By voucher No. 84, W. C Garrard— 

Expenses Nov. 16, 1898. to May 11, 1899. Paid in May, 1899 . . 
By voucher No. 85, A. A. Goodrich— 

Expenses as Trustee, July 22 to Oct. 22, 1899 

86 00 
48 15 

By voucher No. 86, Chicago Edison Co.— 

97 00 

By voucher No. 87. C. E. Brush, Architect- 
Miscellaneous expenses paid by him 

16 60 


By voucher No. 88, John W. Cook, President— 

500 00 

By voucher No. 89, Robert Ferguson— 

lOOJooo tons of coal 

276 43 


By voucher No. 90, Carter & Mosher— 

Coal and lumber 

237 49 

By voucher No. 91, John W Cook, President- 
Pay-roll for October, 1899 

2,309 84 
119 85 


By voucher No. 92, Western News Co.— 


By voucher No. 93, John W. Cook- 

100 00 


By voucher No. 94, W. J. McAlpine— 

Payment on contract for building 

4,000 00 

By voucher No. 95, W. J. Mc Alpine— 

6,000 00 

By voucher No. 96, W. J. McAlpine— 

15,000 00 

By voucher No. 97, C. E. Brush- 

1.5C0 00 


By voucher No. 98, John W. Cook, President- 
Employes' pay-roll for November, 1899 

2,382 56 


By voucher No. 9f\ Carroll & Lancaster— 

517 47 

By voucher No. 100, A. H. Andrews & Co.— 

4,426 80 

By voucher No. 101. E. E. McCoy- 
Clerical services 

By voucher No. 102. John W, Cook, President— 

20 00 
122 36 


By voucher No. 103. John W. Cook. President— 

150 00 

By voucher No. 104, Carter & Mosher— 

505 54 


By voucher No. 105. John W. Cook, President— 

100 00 


By voucher No. 106. John W. Cook, President— 

2,384 39 


By voucher No. 107, Eugene Dietzgen Co.— 

320 00 

By voucher No. 108, Carroll & Lancaster— 

423 05 


By voucher No. 109, W. J. McAlpine— 

2,856 60 

By voucher No. 110, Richards & Co.— 

292 54 

By voucher No. 111. J. F. Glidden Pub. Co.— 

378 00 

By voucher No. 112. Western Slate Co. 

254 75 

By voucher No. 113, C. E. Brush, Architect— 

987 05 


By voucher No. 114, John W. Cook, President— 

2,517 64 


By voucher No. 115. Hawley Down Draft Furnace Co— 

600 00 


By voucher No. 116, Carter & Mosher— 


494 90 


By voucher No. 117, Hiland Bros.— 

Work on chemical laboratory cases 

39 00 

Statement — Continued. 

10 By voucher No. 118, Shipman & Bradt Co.— 

Cabinet for art room, etc 

By voucher No. 119, P. b\ Pettibone & Co.— 

1 seal 

By voucher No. 120. C. F. Smith— 

Tables for biological laboratory 

By voucher No. 121. Sheets & Knodle— 

Lining aquaria boxes 

By voucher No. 122. C. F. Smith- 
Labor and material in biological laboratory 

By voucher No. 123. C. F. Smith- 
Work in biological laboratory 

By Voucher No 124. Shipman & Bradt Co.— 

Furnishings for chemical laboratory 

By voucher No 125. Shipman & Bradt Co.— 

Furnishings for bioiogcial laboratory 

By voucher No. 126. Richards & Co.— 

Apparaius for biological laboratory 

By voucher No 127. Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.— 

Apparatus for biological laboratory 

By voucher No. 128. Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.— 

Microscope for biological laboratory 

By voucher No. 129, Carter & Mosher— 

Coal for January, 1900 

By voucher No. 130, Sheets & Knodle Co.— 

Plumbing in chemical laboratory 

By voucher No. 131, John W. Cook. President. 

Emp'oy^s pay-roll. February, 1900 

By voucher No. 132. Central Union Telephone Co.— 

Telephone service 

By voucher No. 133, P. F. Pettibone & Co- 
Voucher blanks 

By voucher No 134, E. F. Hartman Co.— 

Cash book and ledger 

By voucher No. 135. Carter & Mosher— 

Coal in February, 1900 

By voucher No. 136, John W. Cook, President- 
Employes pay roll for March, 1900 

By voucher No. 137, John W. Cook. President- 
Contingent expenses as per voucher 

By voucher No. 138, W. C. Garrard — 

Expenses as trustee, November 11, 1899, to March 19, 1900 

By voucher No. 139. A. A. Goodrich— 

Expenses as trustee from November 16, 1899 

By voucher No. 140. John W. Cook, President- 
Contingent expenses as per vouchers 

By voucher No. 141. Art Metal Construction Co — 

Payment on contract for library furnishings 

By voucher No. 142, Richards & Co.— 

Analytical balance for chemical laboratory 

By voucher No. 143, A. H. Andrews-& Co. — 

Balance due on school furniture contract 

By voucher No. 144. I. J, Deuel— 

Carpenter work .' 

By voucher No. 145, S. F. Parson- 
Goods for eymnasium 

By voucher No. 146, Fred L. Charles- 
Supplies for gymnasium , 

By voucher No. 147, Carter & Mosher— 

Coal as per bills 

By voucher No. 148, John W. Cook, President- 
Employes pay-roll for April, 1900 

By voucher No. 149, Central Union Telephone Co.— 

Telephone service 

By voucher No. 150. John W, Cook. President- 
Contingent expenses as per vouchers 

By voui-her No. 151, John W. Cook, President- 
Employees pay-roll for May. 1900 : 

By voucher No. 152. E. F. Nichols- 

By voucher No. 153. Richards & Co. — 

Chemical and physical apparatus 

By voucher No. 154. W. C. Garrard— 

Expenses as trustee, March 19 to June 14. 1900 

By voucher No. 155. John W. Cook, President- 
Contingent expenses as per vouchers 

By voucher No. 156. John W Cook President- 
Employes pay loll for June. 1900 

By voucher No. 157. Art Metal Construction Co.— 

Steel filing cabinet 

By voucher No. 158. E. A. Wright- 
Engraving plate for diplomas 

$59 00 

1 50 

3 50 

15 00 

257 92 

66 25 

335 00 

446 00 

30 56 

82 30 

405 00 

648 15 

115 69 

2,526 66 

45 25 

4 75 

3 00 

812 06 

2,502 19 

150 00 

81 09 

50 25 

150 00 

2,500 00 

30 00 

454 60 

132 00 

9 83 

5 32 

720 51 

2,296 64 

96 84 

150 00 

2, 296 66 

84 91 

140 57 

22 60 

150 00 

2,256 70 

125 00 

81 00 

— 2N. 

10 3 0112 105726381 

Statement — Concluded. 












By voucher No. 159, John W. Cook, President— 
Contingent expenses as per vouchers 

$200 00 

By voucher No. 160, John W. < look, President— 

Contingent expenses as per voucher* 

1,120 00 


By voucher No. 161, Art Metal Construction Co.— 

Balance due on library furnishings 

By voucher No. 162, E. P. Nichols- 

855 00 
69 99 


By voucher No. 163. John W. Cook. President- 
Employes pav-roll for Julv, 1900 

2,216 64 

By voucher No. 164, E. F. Nichols- 

93 81 


By voucher No. 165. J. P. Glidden Publishing Co.— 

Printing catalogues, etc 

167 50 

By voucher No. 166, W. M. Forward Co.— 

Extra work on plumbing contract 

59 48 


By voucher No. 167. John W, Cook, President- 
Contingent expenses as per vouchers 

50 00 


By voucher No. 108, John W Cook, President- 
Employes pay-roll for August, 1900 

2,216 66 


By voucher No. 169, John W. Cook. President— 

100 00 


By voucher No. 170. Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Co.— 

62 50 


By voucher No. 171. Jas. Coyne- 
Hauling coal 

31 25 


By voucher No. 172, Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Co.— 

37 50 


218 75 

By voucher No. 174. John W. Cook. President- 
Employes pav roll for September, 1900 

2,350 05 


By voucher No. 175, ,Iohn W. Cook. President— 

Employes pav-roll for October, 1900 

2,394 96 

By voucher No. 176. A.. A. Goodrich— 

18 40 

Expenses as trustee to date 

20 25 

By voucher No. 178, W. C. Garrard— 

22 40 

By voucner No. 179. Alfred Bayliss— 

Expenses as Trustee, A nri I to October 22. 1900 

22 50 


By voucher No. 180. John W. Cook, President— 

200 00 


By voucher No. 181, Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Co.— 

Freight on coal 

By voucher No. 182. Jno. W. Cook. President- 
Employes pay-roll for November. 1900 

By voucher No. 183, Spring Valley Coal Co.— 

One hundred fifty-six and sixty-five hundredths tons coal.. 

By voucher No. 184. The D. W. Bosley Co — 

125 32 

2,441 11 

274 15 

100 00 

By voucher No. 185. Jas. Coyne- 
Hauling coal 

By voucher No 186. Spring Valley Coal Co.-- 

39 16 
269 15 


By voucher No. 187. 1. J. Deuel— 

Work on weather strips 

By voucher No. 188, John W Cook, Presiaent— 

25 03 

2.467 85 


By voucher No. 189. John W. Cook. President— 

150 00 


By voucher No. 190, Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Co.— 

123 04 

( Uerk's services in 1900 

By voucher No. 192, W. A. Meese— 

25 00 
22 24 

By voucher No. 193, W. C. Garrard— 

27 60 

By voucher No. 194. A. A. Goodrich— 

8 80 

7 50 

By voucher No. 196, John W. Cook, President- 

435 50 

1,945 04 


$169,905 71